Signs You Have a Rat Infestation

Hearing scratching inside your ceiling? Do you have a strong musty smell in your basement? These are both potential signs that you’re sharing your living space with rats. And in Oregon, rats such as the Norway rat often invade homes. If you think you might have a rat infestation, keep reading to learn more about the signs.

3 Tell-Tale Signs of a Rat Infestation

1. Rat Sounds

Due to their size and fast movement, rats are often easy to hear. Sometimes, you may hear light scratching coming from your walls, ceiling or crawlspace. You may also hear light shuffling as they scurry.

These sounds can also be heard any time of day and since rats like to move around, you may hear these noises throughout your home. It’s also possible to hear the occasional high-pitched squeak.

2. Rat Smells

The smell of a rodent infestation can definitely catch you off guard. You may smell the musty and ammonia-like odor of urine and feces. If the infestation is old enough, the smell will be quite strong.

It’s important to note that you may or may not smell rats in your home, depending on the infestation location. This means that you may still have an infestation, even if you can’t smell it.

3. Rat Sightings

Seeing the proof of a rat infestation is the best sign of them all. You may see a rat, which means you probably have an infestation. While it’s possible to see a lone rat, it’s more common that others are hidden from view.

Other visual signs include:

  • Droppings: Rat droppings tend to be larger than mouse droppings. They may look like black rice or coffee beans and will be ½” to ¾” long.
  • Urine: Rodent urine that’s still wet will have a yellow tint to it and will smell musky. Once dried, although there won’t be much color to it, you should still be able to see the watermark on some surfaces.
  • Scratch or chew marks: Rats like to chew. So, if you see chew marks on or around your baseboards or on items around your home, you may have a rat.
  • Tracks: If an infestation is larger, you may be able to see tiny footprints and tail marks in high-traffic areas.
  • Burrows: Rat burrows are often found in the ground close to a home’s foundation on the inside or the outside. Sometimes, rats will hide their burrows under bushes or other vegetation to stay hidden.

What Do You Do If You Suspect an Infestation?

If you suspect an infestation, it’s best to call a professional rat exterminator. DIY methods such as placing poison haphazardly can be very dangerous to your family and pets.

You may be able to place a simple trap near high-traffic areas and catch a few rodents. However, this is a short-term solution. You’ll need further maintenance to remove the rats from your home.

All Pest Control will use methods such as baiting and trapping, depending on the size of your infestation. We’ll inspect to ensure we do what’s best for your home, ridding it of pests completely. Additionally, once your rat problem is under control, preventing others from regaining access to your home or building is critical, as well as removing, replacing, and sanitizing damaged house components. We can help you with any needed exclusion, replacing damaged vapor barrier, removing infested insulation, and sanitizing your spaces.

Worried About a Rat Infestation? Call Us Today!

Are you concerned that you may have a rat infestation in your home? Our skilled team of extermination experts can help. To speak to an exterminator or for a free estimate, give us a call at 503-461-1398 or send us a message.